Should the Vikings consider trading for Odell Beckham Jr.?

(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) Odell Beckham Jr.
(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) Odell Beckham Jr. /
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Beckham’s contract situation

Any team looking to add Odell Beckham Jr. will also be taking on his large contract. The wide receiver signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the New York Giants back in 2019, which included a $20 million signing bonus and $65 million guaranteed.

The player will make $14 million in base salary next season and count $14.25 million against the salary cap. This is slightly more than what the Minnesota Vikings were scheduled to pay Stefon Diggs before he was traded to the Buffalo Bills for a haul of draft picks.

Beckham salary doesn’t increase a tremendous amount during the final three years of his deal. He will make $14.5 million in 2021 and $13.75 million in 2022 and 2023. It seems like he has been around forever, but the player is still only 27-years-old and can be a good value for that sort of financial outlay providing he keeps up his elite level of production.

There are some injury worries that would come with any possible trade involving Beckham that will need to be investigated more by any team looking to make a bid. One would think his best days are still ahead of him despite his slight regression over the last two seasons.

The player might want out of Cleveland, but getting the team to accept a trade offer will be another matter. The Vikings are tight on salary-cap space for the foreseeable future and still need to pay running back Dalvin Cook, who is looking for top dollar this offseason after a breakout campaign.